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Data Literacy for Educators

By Guest Contributor | 03/21/2022 | Comments Off on Data Literacy for Educators
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By Guest Contributors Derek Fay, Josine Verhagen, Angelica Gonzalez, and Yuning Xu, Data Scientists at McGraw Hill   A User Guide While data plays a critical role in the modern education system, data literacy is not a common component of teacher education programs. This can leave educators unprepared to evaluate data quality or know what […]

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Tips for Helping Schools Spend Year End “Use It or Lose It” Funds

By MDR Marketing Team | 02/17/2022 | Comments Off on Tips for Helping Schools Spend Year End “Use It or Lose It” Funds
Spending Decisions

It may only be February, but the end of the 2021-2022 school year is as little as three or four months away. And with the end of the school year comes the scramble by districts, schools, and even individual teachers to spend down their budgets. Whether this “use it or lose it” scenario includes millions […]

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How has the Pandemic Impacted Schools’ Purchasing Priorities?

By Guest Contributor | 02/17/2022 | Comments Off on How has the Pandemic Impacted Schools’ Purchasing Priorities?
Office staff working at computers

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe When in college preparing for their careers, most of today’s school leaders likely didn’t think that they would need to know about planning for in-classroom learning during a pandemic or purchasing high quality air filtration systems. In addition to having to become armchair epidemiologists, they have also faced new challenges […]

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Students Deserve an Answer When They Ask, “When Will I Ever Use This?” In Math Class

By Guest Contributor | 02/17/2022 | Comments Off on Students Deserve an Answer When They Ask, “When Will I Ever Use This?” In Math Class
Young Girl in Math Class

By Guest Contributor  Margaret A. Bowman, Ph.D., Academic Designer at McGraw Hill Here’s How Technology Can Help Every math teacher has likely heard it before: “When am I ever going to use this?” While some students quickly pick up anything mathematical, others mumble through class about how they don’t like math, they aren’t good at […]

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How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 4

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/20/2022 | Comments Off on How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 4
Planning Meeting

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the final state and territory plans for using their American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to support the safe and sustained return to in-person learning for U.S. K-12 students. Other states and territories had their ARP ESSER plans approved in 2021. All 52 […]

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Navigating the Disrupted 2022 School Calendar

By Guest Contributor | 01/20/2022 | Comments Off on Navigating the Disrupted 2022 School Calendar
Teachers walking down hallway

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe In the words of the poet Robert Burns, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  Headlines from the first few weeks of 2022 show that nothing could be truer of the return to school following the holidays. Thousands of K-12 schools have experienced a disruption to […]

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Start the Year with a Focus on Empathy in the Classroom

By Guest Contributor | 01/20/2022 | Comments Off on Start the Year with a Focus on Empathy in the Classroom
Heart in Hands. Empathy in the Classroom

By Guest Contributor Amanda Schaffer, Online Professional Learning Product Manager, McGraw Hill School Understanding and responding to other people’s feelings, actions, and words is difficult. It’s perpetually a challenge for many adults, and, of course, can be very hard for young people, who are still developing the skills necessary to comprehend experiences or viewpoints outside […]

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Acquisitions, Investments and Personnel Moves From 2021’s Fourth Quarter

By Guest Contributor | 12/16/2021 | Comments Off on Acquisitions, Investments and Personnel Moves From 2021’s Fourth Quarter
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe While 2021 turned out to be a more tumultuous year than we had anticipated (and hoped for), the activity and growth in the education market was robust throughout the year. The unprecedented influx of billions of dollars in federal stimulus funds to help schools mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 […]

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Begin 2022 with a Celebration of Kindness in Your School

By Guest Contributor | 12/16/2021 | Comments Off on Begin 2022 with a Celebration of Kindness in Your School
The Great Kindness Challenge January 24-28, 2022

By Guest Contributor Jill McManigal, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kids for Peace Kindness has always mattered to me. As a former elementary school teacher, I knew that creating a supportive, happy and compassionate classroom culture was essential for students’ overall success. Then, when I became a mother of two, I experienced the importance of […]

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5 Critical Steps to Operationalize Privacy in a School District

By Guest Contributor | 11/19/2021 | Comments Off on 5 Critical Steps to Operationalize Privacy in a School District
Privacy in a School District

By Guest Contributor Andy Bloom, VP, Chief Privacy Officer, McGraw Hill The K-12 privacy landscape is changing rapidly. The ways in which technology is applied to learning and the environments in which students and teachers use that technology are evolving. The sudden shift to online learning during the pandemic only accelerated that evolution and caused […]

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4 Hot Topic Predictions for Education in 2022

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/18/2021 | Comments Off on 4 Hot Topic Predictions for Education in 2022
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It’s been quite a year for all of us in the education community, especially teachers. Earlier this year, we predicted what we thought might be the hot topics for education in 2021 and we were pretty close to accurate with topics such as learning loss, educational equity, and remote learning. But who knew that districts […]

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How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 3

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/17/2021 | Comments Off on How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 3
teachers making plans

The U.S. Department of Education approved plans from 12 more states and Guam for use of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. Earlier this year, the department distributed two-thirds of the ARP ESSER funds, totaling $81 billion, to state departments of education. The remaining third of the funding is made […]

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What Does Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection Mean for Me?

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/14/2021 | Comments Off on What Does Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection Mean for Me?
Email Privacy

  At their annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7th this year, Apple announced a new policy on email privacy. According to Apple, their Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) “hides your IP address, so senders can’t link it to your other online activity or determine your location. And it prevents senders from seeing if and when […]

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Teachers and Parents Agree: Social and Emotional Learning is More Important Than Ever

By Guest Contributor | 10/13/2021 | Comments Off on Teachers and Parents Agree: Social and Emotional Learning is More Important Than Ever
Group of students

By Guest Contributor Dr. Shawn Smith, Chief Innovation Officer, McGraw Hill   I’ve written previously in this publication on the role of EdTech providers in a post-pandemic landscape – on embracing flexible learning models, leveraging adaptive technology, and driving with student data.  Today, I want to explore the role of social and emotional learning (SEL) in that same complex landscape of K-12 education. Even in […]

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Three Ways COVID-19 Disrupted the K-12 School Buying Cycle

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/13/2021 | Comments Off on Three Ways COVID-19 Disrupted the K-12 School Buying Cycle
school supplies on desk

Every November, Merriam-Webster picks the “word of the year.” For 2020, it was “pandemic.” (Go figure!) While it is still a bit early for the 2021 word to be announced, it might well be “disruption.”  And among the things that have been most disrupted over the past year or more is the way that we […]

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Match District Size to Your Business Goals

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/21/2021 | Comments Off on Match District Size to Your Business Goals
Teacher helping students using tablets

MDR Insights There are 95,478 public schools in America, serving over 49 million public school students. Let’s look at the different school district sizes and what types of businesses match their needs. At MDR, we consider a district large if it enrolls over 10,000 students. A medium district enrolls 2,500 to 9,999 students, and a […]

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A Learning Scientist’s Advice for Back to School: Let Them Play

By Guest Contributor | 09/16/2021 | Comments Off on A Learning Scientist’s Advice for Back to School: Let Them Play
Girls reading on tablet

 By Guest Contributor Dylan Arena, VP, Learning Science, McGraw Hill School Group I’ve been fascinated by both learning and playing for my whole life, but it wasn’t until graduate school that I fully appreciated how related they are. Now I love to remind people that play is the most powerful adaptation for learning in the […]

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Teacher Appreciation Day x 365

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/16/2021 | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation Day x 365
Teacher Appreciation 365 days

 We’re all familiar with Teacher Appreciation Week. Considering everything teachers are dealing with right now–return to in-person instruction, keeping kids safe, helping students catch up, and controversies about curriculum—we’d like to make a suggestion… Let’s make every day Teacher Appreciation Day. Here’s why: whatever expectations you may have in a typical year for teacher time? […]

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How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 2

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/14/2021 | Comments Off on How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 2
Teacher in Classroom

 The U.S. Department of Education recently approved 21 state plans for use of their American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. These states join 11 others and Washington, D.C. whose plans were approved earlier this year. The plans detail how each state is using and plans to use ARP ESSER funds […]

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Education Marketplace Sees Active Third Quarter

By Guest Contributor | 09/14/2021 | Comments Off on Education Marketplace Sees Active Third Quarter
Business Colleagues

 By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe While back-to-school 2021 may have been more uncertain than we had previously hoped, one thing that hasn’t been uncertain this year is growth, acquisition, and investment in the education market. We previously provided you with updates on top news from the first and second quarters of 2021. At the end […]

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The Role of EdTech Providers in a Post-Pandemic K-12 Landscape

By Guest Contributor | 08/19/2021 | Comments Off on The Role of EdTech Providers in a Post-Pandemic K-12 Landscape
students at board

By Guest Contributor Dr. Shawn Smith, Chief Innovation Officer, McGraw Hill School Group We’re in a transitional moment in K-12 education. As an institution, education has always had an incremental relationship with change. But within that relatively static institution, individuals – teachers, students, principals – have been making their own changes at the scale of their classrooms, schools, and learning communities.   […]

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Get Your Board on Board

By Guest Contributor | 08/19/2021 | Comments Off on Get Your Board on Board
School Board Meeting

By Guest Contributor Erin Werra, Skyward Behind just about every public school district is an elected school board. Here are a few considerations to cultivate harmony. It takes a village to run a public school district. Harmony is the goal, but in turbulent times like these, tension arises quickly. As communities navigate changes and challenges, defining […]

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Still Facing a Digital Divide? The FCC Can Help.

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/21/2021 | Comments Off on Still Facing a Digital Divide? The FCC Can Help.
close up of student hands doing school work

Educators couldn’t miss the headlines about the additional $122 billion allocated for ESSER in the American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law in March. But there was another boon for education in the ARP that you may not have heard about: the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). Administered through the Universal Service Administrative Company of the FCC, […]

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Learn How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/21/2021 | Comments Off on Learn How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds
Teacher with students wearing masks

States and school districts around the country are seeing the influx of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. The U.S. Department of Education recently approved plans from 11 states and Washington, D.C. for using the funds to safely reopen and sustain  the operation of schools, and address the needs of […]

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Four Ways to Help Schools Keep Parents Engaged in Education

By Guest Contributor | 07/21/2021 | Comments Off on Four Ways to Help Schools Keep Parents Engaged in Education
Parent helping child with school work

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Parents have always been involved in school and their children’s education. They’ve gone to PTA/PTO meetings, participated in parent-teacher conferences, volunteered in the classroom and, of course, helped with homework. But 2020 and the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic took that involvement to a whole new level. […]

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Five Ways COVID-19 May Have Changed Schools for the Better

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/22/2021 | Comments Off on Five Ways COVID-19 May Have Changed Schools for the Better
5 Teachers giving thumbs up to positive changes in schools

As teachers exhale and hopefully get some well-deserved R&R, we thought it was time to reflect on some of the changes coming out of the COVID-19 experience. Sometimes out of chaos comes positive change, here are five ways we think schools will have changed for the better: Remote learning may be here to stay. Not […]

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Continued Investments, Acquisitions and Plans for Back-to-School: Q2 2021 in Review

By Guest Contributor | 06/22/2021 | Comments Off on Continued Investments, Acquisitions and Plans for Back-to-School: Q2 2021 in Review
Business meeting

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe While there wasn’t quite as much activity as in the first quarter of 2021, the education space remained a hot bed of acquisition and investment activity in the second quarter with some significant initial public offerings (IPO) and leadership appointments. Here are highlights: McGraw Hill acquired Kidaptive, Inc., an adaptive […]

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Planning to Support Teachers for Back-to-School 2021-2022

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/21/2021 | Comments Off on Planning to Support Teachers for Back-to-School 2021-2022
teacher relaxing in classroom

 As of April 2021, the CDC reported nearly 80 percent of teachers, school staff, and childcare workers have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine*, recently the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as 12 and experts are predicting even younger children will be eligible to be vaccinated by the end […]

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Five Tips for Helping Schools Accelerate Social Emotional Growth

By Guest Contributor | 05/21/2021 | Comments Off on Five Tips for Helping Schools Accelerate Social Emotional Growth
Happy student with teacher

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe There’s been a lot of talk over the past year about the “learning loss” K-12 students may have suffered as a result of the switch to remote learning, but it is also important to shine a spotlight on the toll it may have taken on their social and emotional development […]

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Getting the Attention of Purchasing Decision Makers

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/21/2021 | Comments Off on Getting the Attention of Purchasing Decision Makers
Colleagues discussing project

One of the major challenges in selling to education is getting your product in the right hands, using the right channels, and then securing the sale. The trick is to reach out and develop a connection so you can confidently inform decision makers, “This product will meet your needs or address your problem!” Establish Relationships […]

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